@bradproctor is freaking out.

Tweetup host Brad (@bradproctor), my good friend who is getting married in a couple of months, just instant-messaged me.

Brad: “Freaking out man.”

Me: “About marriage?”

Brad: “Can’t get the video to work.”

🙂

Hey ‘Lost’ fans, get ready to meet Jacob.

Entertainment Weekly is reporting that “Lost” has cast someone to play Jacob, that mysterious ultra-Island personality who seemingly rules the Others and can, among other things, cure cancer.

Be sure to check the link for further details (which are few but juicy).

I’m drooling too much to keep typing.

This actually has to be said?

Mixer has an article online listing the top-10 dating tips for locals. What’s #1?

1. If you are married, stop dating other people. I’m not kidding about this. Stop it. Once you say “I do” to one person, you stop saying “I will” to everyone else. Besides, adultery is one of the seven deadly sins or some crap. Okay, not really. BUT IT SHOULD BE.

It’s a sad day when you actually have to inform married people that they shouldn’t see other people.

A Tweetup. In Greenville. LIVE.

If you’re in the Greenville area or just all-around curious to see what a Tweetup looks like, check out this link, where we’ll have a live video feed of the entire thing.

(“Tweetup” = “meet up” +”Twitter.” You can’t use the site if you’re not willing to make up words.)

By “we,” I mean one of my buddies who is far more invested in this than I am. But I’ll be there, showing my support for all his hard work, to reconnect with some fellow Greenville groupies, and to hear what are bound to be some awesome presentations.

If you’re in the area, though, I hope you’ll eventually come out to meet us instead of just stalking us on GreenvilleTweets. Not that there’s anything wrong with that. 🙂

Party: Lowly hearts, open hands.

In Luke 14, we find that even Jesus had awkward dinners every now and then. In this case, it was with the Pharisees.

Yes, Jesus loves even the religious, even if some Christians today don’t (which is ironic, since it makes them adopt the same type of venom as the people they despise, guaranteeing that we pass on resentment to the next generation. But that is a post for another time).

Jesus challenges the Pharisees and lawyers with the question of whether its lawful to heal someone on the Sabbath. They don’t answer, despite twice being asked the question, and Jesus proceeds to do it. What happens next challenges their (and our) beliefs on the type of lifestyle that is pleasing to God.

Jesus warns them against seeking high positions of honor, such as at a feast, lest the host remove them from their position and the guests witness this humiliation. Instead, they are to have parties and invite people who could never pay back the host. And, Jesus tells them, the people who will be in God’s party won’t be those who are originally invited but rather, the people living on the margins and the highways.

Here, Jesus brings to light their darkness: Their religion isn’t about worshiping God but gaining honor and respect for themselves. The Law now served to build a kingdom of self righteousness that stood opposed to the kingdom of God (because in that kingdom, there’s room for only one ruler).

The worshipers of God aren’t anything like that. The people of the Party are the ones who don’t seek honor for themselves but use what they have to bless those who have nothing at all.

Luke 14:12-14:

“When you give a dinner or a banquet, do not invite your friends or your brothers or your relatives or rich neighbors, lest they also invite you in return and you be repaid.

But when you give a feast, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind,

and you will be blessed, because they cannot repay you. For you will be repaid at the resurrection of the just.

True, God-centered religion seeks to help those who live in the margins (James 1:27). And elsewhere, Jesus himself teaches that people will be judged on how they helped those in need (Matthew 25:31-46).**

Notice something else here from the Luke passage: Jesus doesn’t regulate hospitality to occasional volunteer work. We’re to take these people into our homes and treat them as we would our regular friends.

(We stress this in our Home Groups,which are required to perform local community service acts at least [and here I stress the “at least”] once a quarter. I also want to thank Hope of Glory Ministries for providing free clothes to the needy at our forthcoming Block Party.)

The resurrection doesn’t just provide new, eternal life through Jesus; it also creates people who are no longer afraid to sacrifice what they have for the sake of others, and the Lord promises their sacrifice, whatever form it takes, will be worth it. It seems that our view of the heavenly future is to be complemented by present action.

That’s also good news for people who are on the receiving end of that hospitality, because God has not forgotten them, and neither will His followers.

It’s bad news, though, for people who want to appease the Holy in some other way, because there is none except for the one walked by Jesus. The people who travel there are known by their humility and compassion.

Derek Webb wrote some haunting lyrics that are applicable here:

I’m trading comfort for human life,

And that’s not just murder, it’s suicide.

This message is the most convicting post I’ve written in the “Party” series, because I don’t do nearly enough. It makes me doubt whether I really know Jesus, the same Lord who insisted that when I feed the hungry or clothe the naked, I’m also doing those things to him.

Dwell on that for a moment. Somewhere in our city, Jesus is hungry.

Hopefully, this conviction is also the beginning of a change in me. Hopefully, you’re feeling it, too. I hope we won’t ignore it, because the Party also creates the disciples who find hope in it.

**This doesn’t contradict the need to have faith in Christ for salvation. Our good works are the result of this salvation. When the Ultimate Love takes hold of someone, it doesn’t leave that person satisfied until other people get to enjoy it, too. Who in their right mind throws a party without inviting other people to join it?

License plate troubles.

A Nash County veteran of the Vietnam War is asking the North Carolina DMV to replace his license plate.

Why? I’ll let the Rocky Mount Telegram explain:

Ruiz, 59, said he was shocked – if not a little disturbed – when he picked up his new plate at the Rocky Mount license agency off Stone Rose Drive. The special Vietnam War veteran tag was wrapped in plastic and shining, Ruiz said. But there was a problem.

The number on the plate read, A666.

The entire story can be found here.

On the plus side, if he did keep the plate, cops might hesitate to pull him over if he’s ever caught speeding. 🙂

Twitter vs. Televangelist.

Life’s not easy for a televangelist on Twitter, such as the case of Robert H. Schuller, who discovered someone was impersonating him on the networking site.

From the Washington Post:

Schuller, the founder of Southern California’s Crystal Cathedral megachurch, recently tried to set up his own Twitter.com account when he discovered that Robert H. Schuller already had one. The imposter Twit, who displayed copyrighted images and trademarked sayings from the Crystal Cathedral and “Hour of Power” Web sites, had attracted nearly 1,000 followers in two weeks.

I love when mainstream media uses the phrase “imposter Twit.”

On a serious note, the church’s attorney raises an interesting concern that can apply to most celebrities, not just to Schuller. These imposters could use the hijacked celebrity name to collect money and people, not realizing who they’re really giving to, might get duped by it.

The Post:

We can’t have imposter televangelists asking for money that rightly belongs to real televangelists. Is nothing sacred?

🙂